7th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain

Monday 11th April 2022 to Wednesday 13th April 2022

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Online Conference and Networking

Building on previously successful online conferences the IOR will be hosting this three day event on line. With a mix of live talks, Q&A with speakers, hosted discussion meetings and one to one networking throughout.  In addition, you will be able to download conference papers in advance and listen to recordings of all sessions after the event.  We are currently planning to have approximately 60 live paper presentations and three key note addresses as part of hte programme. The final programme will be released shortly.

As well as the main technical sessions and key notes, the conference will offer coffee lounge discussions hosted by expert speakers, focusing in on your questions around key themes related to sustainability and the cold chain.  You can ask more questions, share your thoughts on the topic and make contact with others as well as joining in live polls. We will also offer a virtual conference foyer where you can make contact with other delegates individually or in groups.  

Delegates from the developing world and students will be able to attend this event at a reduced rate. 


Who should attend?

End users, component manufacturers, senior representatives of engineering, marketing and product development, innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policymakers.



The conference will be a platform to share global expertise on the cold chain. Papers will explore cold chain innovation, developments in refrigeration technology and design, and examine how a sustainable cold chain is being built in developing nations. We will focus on how refrigeration can and is addressing key UN sustainable development goals related to hunger, health, energy, education, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainable cities, responsible production (reducing food waste), climate action and partnerships.


Session themes:

  • Innovation in the cold chain
  • Retail refrigeration, technology development and design
  • Building a sustainable cold chain in developing nations

Papers will cover topics such as:

  • Storage, transportation and logistics
  • Modelling and predictive tools
  • Food quality, food safety, reducing food waste
  • Pharmaceutical cold chain
  • New technologies in design
  • Sustainability and reducing climate change in the whole sector
  • Innovations in energy supply, management and storage
  • The roles and responsibilities of the international cooling community
  • How consumers are driving a more ethical cold chain
  • Energy use, heat recovery and demand reduction
  • Sustainable and cost-effective refrigerant options
  • Renewable technologies and energy generation
  • Reducing the climate impact of refrigerants and refrigerant leakage throughout the cold chain
  • Evolving and developing markets
  • Carbon footprinting and reducing environmental impact
  • Capacity building in developing countries
  • Opportunities for collaborative working, funding of innovation and technology transfer




Need to reach a global community? Companies can raise awareness of their brand by high profile sponsorship packages. Raise your profile in this sector and gain international exposure, with sponsorship available for live exhibition spaces, branding on slides, website and conference brochures, and short promo videos played out before conference sessions. Contact us for more information about the price ranges and options still available. 


3 Day Ticket